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1968 French Gp At Rouen Pt.5


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#1 davef

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Posted Mar 16 2012 - 06:05 PM

Selections from Rob Walker's Race Report October 1968 Road & Track.

"With 14 laps to go,the gallant Pedro came into the pits after a really superb drive,Ill fortune
had struck when he ran over some of the Honda debris resulting in a puncture and also a fuel line
being torn away and leaking.This took some time to repair and then when he did go out he found
that the gearbox stuck in 2nd gear.Such hard luck after so superb an effort.On the same lap Rindt
finally came in to call it a day with his fuel tank leaking so badly he could not continue.When
Rodriguez pitted,Ickx led Surtees by more than a lap.Ickx in the Ferrari began easing up a bit
and at the same time John with new goggles and the Honda going well,was pouring it on and gaining
some seven seconds a lap.With just 11 laps to go Surtees unlapped himself and drew slightly ahead
of the Ferrari but Ickx did not let him get to far away."

"The last 10 laps were quite uneventful with Surtees continuing to pull back a little of the Ferrari's
lead but Ickx took the checkered flag a comfortable two minutes ahead of the Honda after a wonderful
drive.At times Ickx had looked very much on the limit but I suppose to win under such condtions one
is bound to have some frightening moments.John Surtees must have felt truly vindicated in his row with
Honda and I gather some harsh words passed that evening.Jackie Stewart brought the Matra-Ford into
third place one lap behind having an uneventful run except for changing from dry to wet tires.Vic Elford
was fourth in the Cooper and this must have been one of the most astounding drives of all as he was on
dry tires throughout the race,started from last position and kept going non-stop.Truly a phenomenal
performance for his first F1 drive.Fifth and sixth were Denny Hulme and Piers Courage,both having to
come in to change to rain tires."

"Tires must again be the crucial point in this race and the fact that Ferrari chose the right type for
Jacky Ickx made the whole difference.Nobody else chose the rain tires although rain was forecast for
later in the day.For the record it was Ickx's first F1 World Championship win,the tires were wet weather
Firestone and Surtees was on Firestone dry tires throughout.Ferrari had not won a F1 World Championship
race since Monza 1966.It is the first defeat for Cosworth Ford this year.The general story going around
which was told to me by John Surtees was that a well known driver had been killed on the 7th day for the
last 4 months.Clark in April,Spence in May,Scarfiotti in June and now Schlesser in July.But I make it
that Scarfiotti was killed on June 8th so that breaks the sequence."
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Posted Mar 18 2012 - 02:08 PM

thanks for the report, it's very inspiring!  :hat-tip:

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Posted Mar 18 2012 - 03:33 PM

Thanks davef for this report and all the others and time in doing it :hat-tip: Much appreciated  :thumbup:
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Posted Mar 18 2012 - 05:29 PM

View Posttwinpotter, on Mar 18 2012 - 03:33 PM, said:

Thanks davef for this report and all the others and time in doing it :hat-tip: Much appreciated  :thumbup:
Plenty more to come !  Glad you guys enjoy them. :wave:

Edited by davef, Mar 18 2012 - 05:30 PM.

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Posted Mar 19 2012 - 01:19 AM

Thanks davef   :thumbup:




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